May 1, 2019 / 8:58 AM / 2 months ago

Landmine kills at least 15 police in Gadchiroli

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Suspected leftist insurgents killed at least 15 police and a civilian driver in a landmine attack on two security vehicles in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on Wednesday, police said, as the state celebrated its foundation day.

The Maoist insurgents, known as Naxals, have battled the state for decades, saying they are fighting for people left out of a long economic boom in Asia’s third-largest economy.

Security forces killed at least 37 Maoist militants last year in Gadchiroli.

Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Krishna N. Das and Nick Macfie

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